Ayurvedic Treatment of Friedreich’s Ataxia – Symptoms & Diagnosis

Introduction

It is an inherited disease which is autosomal recessive. It damages the nervous system which is progressive. Initially it disturbs the gait coordination. It then leads to scoliosis,various heart disease and diabetes. It really does not affect the person’s cognitive function. The disease occurs slowly and becomes progressive. It sometimes leads to immobility.

This happens due to genetic mutation and ultimately leads to reduced expression of the mitochondrial protein frataxin.Friedreich’s ataxia results due to the deterioration and degeneration of nervous tissue inside the spinal cord. The spinal cord starts to become thin. The cells of the nerve lose myelin sheath.

Signs and Symptoms of Friedreich’s Ataxia

  • Slurred speech
  • Curvature of the spine high plantar arches
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disorders
  • Muscle weakness in the arms and legs
  • Loss of coordination
  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing impairment

Causes of Friedreich’s Ataxia

This disease is because of a genetic defect which is inherited form our parents. This is why it is called “autosomal recessive transmission”. The causative factor behind this disease is a gene known as FXN. This gene normally functions and produces 33 copies of a specific DNA sequence. But in abnormal condition it produces 66 to over 1,000 times. When the condition becomes out of control, the brain’s cerebellum and the spinal cord becomes damaged.

Diagnosis of Friedreich’s Ataxia

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Blood tests
  • Magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Electromyogram(EMG)
  • Nerve conduction studies

Treatment Friedreich’s Ataxia

Friedreich’s ataxia is difficult to cure. Physical therapy and speech therapy might help a little for your body to function, in addition to this walking aids might also be required. Medications need to be administered in order to treat heart disease and diabetes.It is difficult to avoid because it is an inherited condition.

Herbal Remedies for Friedreich’s Ataxia

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies for Friedreich’s Ataxia that provides effective results on symptoms associated with this disease.

1. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the pure extract of herb Brahmi (Bacopa monneri). Brahmi herb pacifies the Pitta and Kapha doshas in the body. It helps to provide relief from the symptoms like: stress, headache, anxiety, brain complications and helps in keeping the mind calm and relaxed. Brahmi contains an active compound called bacosides present in it which helps to regenerate our brain cells. There is no side effect of taking brahmi capsules for long-term. It supports central nervous system. This herb has a very strong affinity for nervous system, blood, urinary tract, circulatory, lymph, and digestive systems. It helps to strengthen energy of body.

Dosage :-1-2 capsules twice daily.

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2. Gotukola Capsules

Planet Ayurveda’s Gotukola Capsules are basically prepared with the pure extract of the Centella asiatica herb. This herb supports healthy blood circulation, maintains healthy brain and balances all the three doshas of the body: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Gotukola herb helps to relax our nervous system.

Dosage :-1-2 capsules twice daily.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

These capsules are prepared from Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha). It has natural rejuvenating properties. It helps to treat paralysis, alzheimer’s disease and other nervous disorders. It is also known as Indian ginseng. It has healing properties. It is adaptogenic. Its root powder extract is has components like withanolides and withaferin A which are actives. It helps in balancing vata.

Benefits and Uses :-

It is useful in restlessness, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, ageing, diabetes neuropathy, sudden weight loss, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, palpitation, and weakness.  It is good tonic to enhance physical and mental stamina. It also cures erectile dysfunction, low sperm count and premature ejaculation. It also has healing properties which are anti-infective and anti-biotic.

Dosage :- 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Moringa Capsules

These capsules are prepared by moringa (Moringa oleifera) herbal extract. The herb has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, analgesic, detoxifier and immune-modulatory properties. Its properties show effective results in cancer patients. Routine use of these capsules stop growth of benign and malignant cancer.

Dosage:-One to two capsules, twice daily with plain water after meals.

5. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

Boswellia-Curcumin is the combination of two anti-inflammatory and analgesic herbs, Boswellia serrata (shallaki) and curcumin (turmeric). These herbs are beneficial in joint pains as well in reducing swelling thereby improving flexibility.

Benefits and Uses :-

Boswellia has anti-atherosclerotic properties making it a good herb for the cholesterol and heart. Boswellic acid has properties that are anti-inflammatory and has a very supreme importance because they are beneficial while using for aches and pains which happens owing to different ailments. Curcumin is well known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anticancer properties and is used in various health conditions. It can cure nerve weakness, pulmonary pains, wounds, and gastrointestinal systems. It also has very strong antioxidants which helps to removes toxins from the body.

Dosage: One to two capsules, twice daily with plain water after meals.

6. Yograj Guggul

Yograj Guggul is comprised of Guggul, Ghee and other herbs such as jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), devdaru (Cedrus deodra), chavya (Piper retrofractum), chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), pippali (Piper longam), yawani (Trachyspermum ammi), maricha (Piper nigrum) etc.

Nerve weakness is a painful condition of the nerves accompanied by inflammation, loss of sensation and stiffness, limiting the movement and mobility. Yograj guggul reduces pain, swelling and flushes out the toxins out of the body.

Yograj guggul is effective for the treatment of vata and kapha related disorders. Gum, resin and volatile oil are the active ingredients with medicinal effects. It is primarily used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and nervous disorders.

Dosage:- 2 tablets twice or thrice daily with plain water or milk after meals.

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030 – Dr Vikram Chauhan

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical based treatments.